CFP: 2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference “Festival and Festivity”

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0268  Monday, 6 August 2018


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 6, 2018 at 7:31:25 AM EDT

Subject:    CFP: 2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference “Festival and Festivity”


Call for Papers 

2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference

“Festival and Festivity”


We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the third Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 20-22, 2019 in Stratford, Ontario.


While all approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that respond to our broad theme of “festival and festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays draw on and contribute to early modern festive cultures, and how have historical changes to such cultures shifted the meaning of theatrical revelry? To what extent is the festive limited or invigorated by genre and convention? In what ways do cultural and theatrical festivals, including dedicated Shakespeare festivals and Shakespearean playhouses, influence and shape contemporary Shakespearean performance? What do the histories of these festivals have to tell us about changing responses to early modern drama, and what new directions seem promising?  


Plenary Speakers:

Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)

M. J. Kidnie (Western University)

Paul Prescott (University of Warwick)


The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival.


By February 1, 2019, please send proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Kenneth Graham - Department of English, University of Waterloo

Alysia Kolentsis - Department of English, St. Jerome's University

Lois Adamson - Director of Education, Stratford Festival




Armenian Shakespeare Association International Conference 2018

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0266  Friday, 3 August 2018


From:        International Shakespeare Association <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 1, 2018 at 1:00:45 PM EDT

Subject:    Armenian Shakespeare Association International Conference 2018 


The 2nd ASA International Conference in Yerevan, Armenia 27-30th September 2018

“Shakespeare Between the Crossroads of East and West”

Dedicated to the 130th anniversary of the legendary actor Vahram Papazian (1888-1968)

Pr. Jerzy Limon - Director of The Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre
Pr. Lisa Hopkins – Head of the Graduate School, Sheffield Hallam University


The Armenian Shakespeare Association (ASA) invites academics, research students, independent scholars, critics and theatre practitioners its second international conference in Yerevan. The conference is organised in partnership with the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the National Museum of Theatre and Literature (NMTL).  Rooms in a 3* centrally located hotel are reserved for participants with a special discount. ASA has also arranged sightseeing tours (to museums, historical and architectural sites) and evening entertainment each day of the conference. Additionally, participants will be able to join: 


  • Festive celebrations, including concerts, shows and exhibitions dedicated to the 2800th anniversary of the capital Erebuni at the end of September;
  • Performances at the International Theatre Festival HIFEST between the 1st and the 5th October. 

Participants are highly encouraged to organise their individual panels by registering their interest before the 30th May, and abstracts of around 300 words MUST be submitted via email before the 30th June.
Here are few panel topics, however further suggestions are most welcome: 


  • 2018 spotlight on Othello: global/local variations and their significance in adoptive countries;
  • Viewing and reviewing Shakespeare: the conference will watch current Shakespeare productions and organise discussions with the cast and creative teams;
  • Translating Shakespeare: linguistic, geographic and poetic challenges: translators of any language warmly welcome;
  • Shakespearean reworkings in cinematography, opera, classical and contemporary music, art, ballet;
  • Round table: teaching Shakespeare, why and how to engage the new generation of Shakespeareans.

For all inquiries contact: 
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Registration form and conference fees:




Thanks to Associate Editor Stephanie Chamberlain

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0265  Friday, 3 August 2018


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, August 3, 2018

Subject:    Thanks to Associate Editor Stephanie Chamberlain


Dear Subscribers:


I would to offer my profoundest thanks to Associate Editor Stephanie Chamberlain for spotting me to a July break. 


As readers have seen, Professor Chamberlain is an extremely competent editor, one in whom SHAKSPER will be in good hands when I give up daily operations in January 2020, SHAKSPER’s thirtieth year of service, to become Editor Emeritus. Then I will be available to repay Stephanie in kind and to pursue my other interests.


Regarding those other interests, Stephanie will be taking over again for a couple of weeks in September when I go on a jhana retreat with my friend and teacher Leigh Brasington. 


Thank you Stephanie.





Call for Papers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0264  Wednesday, 1 August 2018


From:       Maite Alvarez <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        August 1, 2018 at 11:08 AM EDT

Subject:    Call for Papers




We are hoping that you could post the following call for papers on the SHAKSPER feed as it may be of interest to some of your members.


All the best,

Maite Alvarez, Ph. D.

J. Paul Getty Museum



CFP, CAA 2019 NYC:  Art and Materiality in the Age of Global Encounters, 1492-1800 


Chair: Maite Alvarez - J Paul Getty Museum
Chair: Charlene Villaseñor Black 
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In a royal decree dated 1564, King Philip II of Spain ordered his viceroys in the Americas to “safely bring to the realms gold, silver and cochineal,” an order that heralded profound changes in the global economy and art world. These materials arrived via Spain’s far-reaching trade networks, which by the 1550s extended to Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Patagonia, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Chesapeake Bay, as well as throughout mainland Europe. The arrival of ships loaded with rich finds such as indigo, cochineal, brazilwood, silver, pearls, and emeralds into European ports presaged innovative artistic developments. New pigments, types of wood, and other unusual materials such as shells and feathers immediately and forever altered the landscape of European art, giving artists and patrons new and varied material choices. How did these finds, the result of European imperialism, impact global artistic developments? How does attention to materiality change understanding of aesthetics? What are the most useful frameworks for theorizing these developments, exchanges, and networks? While this panel investigates the prima materia, the very materiality of objects, it also moves beyond aesthetics to technical processes, trade and global exchange, as well as to the multiple societies where these works were created and collected. We welcome various approaches, from research inspired by conservation science or archival documentation to decolonial methodologies, material semiotics, Renaissance futurism, or thinking through the anthropocene.

Please send a 250 word abstract, cover letter, and shortened CV, no later than August 6, 2018. 

Announcement – Christy Desmet Memorial Service

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0263  Tuesday, 31 July 2018


From:       Sujata Iyengar <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>       

Date:        July 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement – Christy Desmet Memorial Service


ISC, Folger, SAA, ESRA, and Shaksper-ian colleagues might wish to know that there will be a secular memorial service for our late friend and colleague Christy Desmet on Friday, September 28th at the University of Georgia's Chapel at 4 pm, with a reception to follow on the patio of the UGA English Department, Park Hall.


Shakespeareans Alexa Joubin and Sujata Iyengar are also planning a more informal commemoration of Christy's life and work to take place in DC while many will be there for the SAA's annual meeting.


Please do share this information with your members, and, since there will be no traditional newspaper obituary, please also feel free to direct members to the attached tribute essay (also archived on the SAA website) if they feel they need more details about Christy or about her illness this summer.





Call for Papers – Journal of the Wooden O

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0263  Tuesday, 31 July 2018


From:       Matt Nickerson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>    

Date:        July 30, 2018 at 4:14 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Papers – Journal of the Wooden O


The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed, academic publication focusing on all things Shakespeare. It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


The editors invite papers on any topic related to Shakespeare, including Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare works (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries.


Articles published in the JWO are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and appear full-text in EBSCO Academic Search Premiere

Selected papers from the annual Wooden O Symposium are also considered for publication.


SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2018. Authors should include all of the following information with their submission:

•     Author's name
•     Mailing address
•     College/university affiliation (if any)
•     Academic rank (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student, aficionado) 
•     E-mail address
•     Daytime phone number. 

Submit electronic copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Only .doc, .docx or .rtf files will be accepted.)


For more information:

Journal of the Wooden O

c/o Southern Utah University Press

351 W. University Blvd. 

Cedar City, Utah 84720

Ph. 435-586-1955

Fax 435-865-8152

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Announcement – BSF King John Performance

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0262  Monday, 30 July 2018


From:       Michael Luskin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        July 30, 2018 at 9:27 AM EDT

Subject:   Announcement – BSF King John Performance


I drove down to Baltimore yesterday afternoon to see the BSF King John. Excellent, even surprisingly excellent. They do five or six plays a year, and, if this is representative of their quality, it is well worth while to go to Baltimore to attend them.


Plays are presented in a more or less deconsecrated church, with poor acoustics, which they are working on. Interesting neighborhood. Seating in pews with good cushions. Quite comfortable. Raised stage, raised pews on sides, all good sight lines.  


Very good all professional cast. Innovative staging that repeatedly involves members of the audience. And walking into the audience. Slightly uncomfortable with agitated characters walking around in the audience. An actor was gesticulating with a real-looking knife far too close to my head and neck for me to be completely comfortable.  


The audience was tiny, only 21 people. Perhaps that was due to a Sunday afternoon in late July, the first sunny day in more than a week. Tickets are very reasonable.  


I will go back! And I recommend that other people within a comfortable ride of North Baltimore look at their web site. 




Christy Desmet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0260  Thursday, 26 July 2018


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         July 26, 2018 at 10:03 AM EDT

Subject:    Christy Desmet


I just learned on Facebook from Alexa Joubin that my dear friend Christy Desmet has died: 


My dear friend, mentor and guardian angel Christy has just passed away all of a sudden. She has been a close friend with a big heart and a beacon of light in the often hostile, academic world. She took me under her wings when I was a fledgling student, and in times both joyful and difficult. She gave me the gift of hope. The devastating news reached me in the midst of a conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. I could not stop crying and had to step outside. I cannot even begin to imagine the loss and pain of her family and dear Plum. So, so sudden. Time is frozen. We'll all have to dry our tears and try to celebrate, instead of mourn, her beautiful life. I can only aspire to have her grace, resilience, wisdom, and smiles against all odds one day.


I was introduced to Christy by another dear friend Bernice Kliman soon after my mid-20s younger daughter had been born. 


You will be missed.




Christy Desmet



Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Director of FYC/UGA Writing Center

Co-General Editor, Borrowers and Lenders

Associate Editor, Int'l Journal of ePortfolio

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Director of the First-year Composition Program/UGA Writing Center. Reading Shakespeare's Characters: Rhetoric, Ethics, and Identity was published in 1992 by the University of Massachusetts Press and reprinted as an electronic book by netLibrary in 2000. I am also the co-editor (with Robert Sawyer) of Shakespeare and Appropriation (Routledge, 1999) and of Harold Bloom's Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2001). With Anne Williams, I have edited Shakespearean Gothic (2009). Helen Faucit appeared in 2011. With Sujata Iyengar, I am co-founder and co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, which can be found at



Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles (1984)


Research Interests:

My research interests include Shakespeare and New Media/Web 2.0; the rhetoric of reading and writing English history; theory, practice, and assessment of ePortfolios; teaching Shakespeare; and teaching writing and literature in digital contexts. I teach in two areas: Renaissance or early modern Literature and Rhetoric and Composition.


Selected Publications:

My most recent books are Shakespearean Gothic, co-edited with Anne Williams and published in 2009 by the University of Wales Press and Helen Faucit (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011). I have also co-edited a collection of essays, Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare (with Natalie Loper and Jim Casey), that is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2017. Two other projects are currently in process: an edition of Kenneth Burke's music criticism, with David Schiller; and a co-edited essay collection, with Sujata Iyengar and Miriam Jacobson, entitled The Routledge Handbook to Shakespeare and Global Appropriation.


Of note:

Residential Scholar, Folger Shakespeare Library Teaching Shakespeare Institute, 2014 and 2016

Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship in Humanities, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2014, awarded for March 1-July 1, 2015)

First-year Composition Program, University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs, 2012

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia

Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia, 2003-2004

Teaching Academy, University of Georgia, 2001–present

Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1996

Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1993

Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, 1985



Supporting Literacy for Diverse Learners through the School Library, Improving Teacher Quality Grant, Nancy Knapp, PI (2013-16)

Co-investigator and Senior Faculty Lead. Collaborative Development of Adaptive Courses Using Next-Generation Learning Technology. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, 2015

Digital Barn Raising for a Peer Review Platform. Innovative Instruction Grant, University of Georgia (with Sara Steger and Ron Balthazor), 2013


Personal Website:

Announcement - Edna Boris

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0254  Monday, 16 July 2018


From:       Richard Boris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        July 14, 2018 at 6:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement - Edna Boris



Dear Friends,

Edna suffered a massive and unexpected coronary on 4 July, cutting short the vibrant energy she brought to the world and shared with us during her 75 years of life. Her own words described the life she had lead as good and happy. Her passing was peaceful and easy.

There will be a celebration of her life 6 September at The Roosevelt House, Hunter College in New York City. Specific details will follow, but please mark your calendars now. 


Should you want to honor her memory, please make a donation in her name to Médecins Sans Frontières.


Thank you all for your kind words, messages, cards.

Richard and Nicholas


Announcement - Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0253  Friday, 13 July 2018


From:       Susan St. John <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        July 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement - Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival


Flagstaff, Arizona is about to become a major player in Shakespearean performance! Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival ( is a company about to open its 4th season: Taming of the Shrew, July 12-22; Titus Andronicus, July 20-29, and The Tempest, Oct 5-14. 

In their short 4-year history, they have used several performance spaces throughout Flagstaff, and are currently under an open-air tent at the edge of a pine forest behind the Museum of Northern Arizona. 

But this amazing young company just revealed plans to build their very own Wooden-O, all local timber, on Mars Hill, next to the world-renowned Lowell Observatory. This $2 million project is almost halfway funded and should be ready by summer of 2020. 

Full disclosure: I am NOT on staff of this company, and I live 125 miles away; but I have seen all of their shows, played Mistress Page last summer, and will be appearing as Signora Baptista Minola in Shrew. I am so impressed with the quick growth and amazing support generated by this company, and the quality of their productions, attention and dedication to the text, and the beautiful surroundings of their outdoor performances spaces. Please give them a look and visit them when you are near the Grand Canyon!

Announcement - Timon of Athens Performance

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0252  Wednesday, 11 July 2018


From:       Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        July 10, 2018 at 7:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement - Timon of Athens Performance




Shakespeare at Pendleton is a performance group formed at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in 2013. The Pendleton Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis. So far, Shakespeare at Pendleton has performed Coriolanus and scenes from Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. On Friday evening, July 27th, we will be doing our third show, what I believe is the first ever performance of Timon of Athens within a prison. The men have been doing excellent work preparing for this show. If you live reasonably near Indianapolis, Indiana, you may contact me, soon, for details on attending. 




Jack Heller

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please use this address to contact me about the performance)

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